Happy to announce that Turkish Glass and Ceramic Eye Ornaments ( Nazar Boncuklari) have been added to Roots Artisan Collection; now at @KomtarJBCC Pop-Up Store and soon at our website!
The eye bead is a kind of glass art based on "nazar" in Turkey: Nazar (from Arabic, meaning literally "look" or "glance") symbolises the envious and/or evil look of others on something you have precious like a child, happy relationship, wealth or fame. So basically "Nazar Boncuklari" are believed to protect you against the evil eye for more than 5000 of years, in Mediterranean Countries. Any visitor to Turkey or Greece will have seen the blue eye symbol on plates, pottery, jewelry, and glass. Of course, there is no proof that the Evil Eye actually exists. Perhaps the Evil Eye is a way of teaching us not to be jealous of our neighbor’s success, but instead to search for satisfaction through our own efforts.
A straw ashes glazed cup made with wood fired kiln by Daisuke Nagano.
Soba-choko exhibition is being held at Pond Gallery until tomorrow. We ship worldwide , please send us DM.
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Recently, I've been working on nothing but urchin bowls, and the repeated squeezing of the syringe to put the dots on and repetitive motion of waxing the feet of my bowls has taken a toll on my hands. These might seem like a small actions, but when you do them hundreds of times a day, it can start to add up. In an effort to find a more efficient way of doing things, I ordered a tool called the AirPen which is an air powered syringe. This has Greatly increased my work speed and put less strain on my hands. In the video above, I am demonstrating how I apply a wax resist to the bottom of one of my bowls. Basically, when you cover up the hole on the side if the pen, air is redirected to push out the wax allowing me to get a very crisp line. The same applies to the slip dots. The first clip where I am waxing, I am using a blue wax and in the other clip, I am using a clear wax resist. There's not much difference between them besides the color but I prefer the blue one so I can see where I have waxed. Tomorrow, I am going to try to glaze a batch of 40 urchin bowls and get them fired by Sunday. That means and pre-orders will he going out soon! After I finish all of these bowls, I am going to take some time and work in some more crystalline pieces so my social media feed has some variety. 😅 Now back to waxing 😫 Enjoy! 🎶Music - Too Far Gone by @iamryanlittle 🎶 .
I observe art classes on Fridays. Check out these sweet coil pots that the children made! There are easily a hundred of these bad boys... I actually made one of these as well. can anyone guess which is mine?
This Sunday, October 22 I will be collaborating with the incredible @jamie_diamond1 and other local artists for The Hanger Project's first art sale fundraiser! Here is a sneak peek of some of my inventory. Everything is on SUPER SALE, as I am clearing out for an exciting new wave of for work. All of my work will be sold at over 50% off. Nothing is over $20, and 20% of proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. 100% of proceeds from Blood-Rose Pins will be donated. This is a very special sale, so stop by to support local artists, and women's healthcare! Please check the Facebook event for details. Hoping to see you there, my dear friends.
Vivian Shao Chen is a Brooklyn based ceramicist focusing on wheel thrown and hand built ceramic wares. She works out of a communal studio called @Artshackbrooklyn--A non-profit ceramic studio that offers classes and scholarships to Brooklyn kids. We love her work for it's excellent craft, functionality and all the subtle, beautiful, sometimes improvised details she adds during her process. Craft aside, we also really love her photography and the ethereal settings she creates to present each piece. Each picture is airy, heavenly and makes you feel present in a beautiful moment. Here’s a little more about Vivian and how she got started from the artist herself: "I started making ceramics in 2013 when I was teaching architecture design studios at Cornell University. There were leftover slipcasting materials from a previous class that was free and available for me to use. The shop tech generously offered to teach me the basics of how to make a mold and helped me pour my first ceramic cup. Since then, I took a wheel throwing class earlier this year, and became obsessed with the process of throwing.
I come from an architecture design background, which is often more cerebral than it is about making. Though materiality is very important to architects, we can be very removed from it since we aren’t the ones who actually build our designs. Making objects with clay is a totally different design process than I was used to. My favorite pieces are those that happen while I'm throwing on the wheel, intuitively. What I like is finding the subtle nuances in shape and detail that make a piece interesting and beautiful. These are things I could never design on my own and that come from the process itself. I tend to make a lot of functional pieces. There is something satisfying about making something utilitarian that also makes you appreciate your physical environment more. I look for simple shapes with refined details that blend easily into the background. I like that ceramics is a very humble and humbling craft. Mistakes and accidents are always happening, even when I think I did everything 'right'. I will continue to learn and refine my skills, and I look forward to seeing
The outcome of today's throwing session. Felt it was time to get back into throwing vases above 3000 grams after not doing it for about 7 months. Most of these pieces range from 3000-4000 grams (except for the two on the bottom) and average about 14 inches tall with some nice volume. I hope everyone has a great weekend!